Easy Macaroni and Beef Casserole

Easy Macaroni and Beef Casserole

Diana Rattray

  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
975 Calories
45g Fat
72g Carbs
68g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 975
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 21g 106%
Cholesterol 181mg 60%
Sodium 708mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 68g
Calcium 670mg 52%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an easy macaroni and ground beef casserole recipe, and it makes a great-tasting dinner for any night of the week. Add a tossed salad and warm rolls or crusty bread for a perfect meal. We used our favorite arrabbiata sauce in this recipe, but any good marinara or tomato sauce will work.


  • 8 ounces macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 rib celery (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large jar (32 ounces) prepared spaghetti sauce (or your favorite)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese (shredded)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain the macaroni in a colander and rinse with hot water.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3.  Spray a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or butter lightly. 

  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery; cook, stirring, for about 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking up, until no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the spaghetti sauce and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cooked and drained macaroni and stir to blend.

  5. Transfer to the baking dish. Top with the cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese is melted and the mixture is bubbly.